How to keep your kids’ faith alive

How to keep your kids’ faith alive

Statistically speaking, most students who attend church as a teenager will stop attending as an adult. How can we reverse that trend?

Over the last few months, our staff have been studying the book, Faith for Exiles by David Kinnamon and Mark Matlock, which seeks to answer that very question. Two of the five practices they recommend for helping to create resilient disciples are to forge meaningful intergenerational relationships, and to engage in countercultural mission.

All week long, 45 students and 21 adult leaders have been doing just that through “Why Hope?” They have devoted their spring break to camp out at the church and serve on six teams with local partners and Chapel Hill Port Orchard.

Every morning, as these students and adults have gone out to serve our community, our global partner, Agua Viva Ministries in Mexico, has gone out to build a pastor’s house with our support. And every morning our students have heard a video update from our partners in Mexico.

And every night, our students have come together to worship, to receive greetings from our other global partners around the world, and to hear the word of God proclaimed by Joseph Bataille, former director of World Relief Haiti.

This Sunday, at all our services, we will hear testimonies from our students of how God has been at work in their lives during this week. Our hope is that these would encourage you in your own journey of faith and spur you on to forge the meaningful intergenerational relationships, and engage in the countercultural mission that will deepen your own faith.

We will also hear an encouraging message about our God, who promises to finish the work of salvation that he begins in every person’s life. The best is yet to come in and through Jesus!

See you at 8:30, 10:00, or 11:30 am on Sunday in person or online!

Pastor Ellis

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez, Unsplash